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Singapore Divorce Lawyer - Lam & Co Blog

For most people, divorce is a rare and scary thing. You simply do not have any previous experience with it and there are many horror stories you have heard from your friends. Lam & Co.'s expert divorce lawyers are focused on sharing information with you to assist you as much as possible in making painless and correct decisions.

Q: WE FULLY AGREE TO THE DIVORCE, WILL THE COURT GRANT IT? A: SINGAPORE DIVORCE LAWYER: IT DEPENDS

So the question is:

  • If I and my spouse agree fully and cooperate completely in applying for our divorce, will the Judge definitely grant the divorce order?
The answer is:
  • Not necessarily. It depends.
First of all, even if the both of you agree and cooperate 100 per cent, the Judge has his (or her) own conditions (as imposed by Singapore law). If the conditions are not satisfied, then even if the both of you agree and cooperate fully, your application for divorce will definitely fail.
Second, if you have been married more than 3 years, the conditions are much easier to satisfy (compared to if you have been married for less then 3 years).
Third, there are 5 conditions. Here, we have good news and bad news. The good news is you do not need to satisfy all 5 conditions. You do not even have to satisfy 2 of the conditions. However, you must satisfy at least one of the 5 conditions in order to get your divorce.

Fourth, the 5 conditions are: 

  • you and your spouse have been separated (living apart) for at least 3 years and your spouse will sign a Consent to the divorce.
  • you and your spouse have been separated (living apart) for at least 4 years.
  • your spouse has deserted you (abandoned you and refused to come home) for at least 2 years.
  • your spouse has committed adultery and you find it intolerable to live with him (or her).
  • your spouse has behaved in such a way that you cannot reasonably be expected to live with him (or her) ("unreasonable behaviour").

Fifth, if you have been married for less than 3 years, the conditions are much stricter. In this situation, there are 2 conditions.
The 2 conditions are:

  • exceptional hardship suffered by the plaintiff (ie, the party who is applying for the divorce); or
  • exceptional depravity on the part of the defendant (ie, the party against whom the divorce case is against).

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